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Politico: Ellison’s path to DNC chair far from certain

Plus: checking in at St. Paul’s Como Park High School; longtime Science Museum exhibit designer dies; cold, snow this weekend; and more.

Ellison’s path to DNC chair won’t be easy. Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti and Daniel Strauss report: “Lingering tensions from the presidential primary are driving the race for Democratic National Committee chairman, impeding early favorite Keith Ellison’s bid to consolidate support behind his candidacy and raising fears that the party will once again be split into Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton camps. … Despite his support from a wide array of Democratic power players, a POLITICO email survey of the 447 voting DNC members and follow-up interviews with more than two dozen national and state Democratic officials reveal that the Minnesota congressman faces serious hurdles in his bid to become the next party chairman. … “Ellison is not the front-runner, Ellison has no chance at all,” said Tennessee committeeman William Owen, giving voice to that view. ‘I’m a Hillary person. Bill Clinton said, “I’ll be with you till the last dog dies,” and I’m the last dog. I will not vote for Keith Ellison, I will not vote for a Bernie person. I think they cost Hillary the election. …’ ”

Get to know the real Como Park High School. MPR’s Solvejg Wastvedt writes: “Como Park High School made headlines multiple times last year for student violence, including a string of fights in the fall and an alleged student assault of a teacher in the spring. The school became a flash point as St. Paul teachers negotiated a new contract — an example of the district’s unsafe conditions for teachers, some said. … With every incident, Como students and teachers pushed back, saying there was more to their school. This year, at that basketball game, they seemed determined to move forward.”

Today in jobs you probably hadn’t given much thought to. The Pioneer Press’s Maja Beckstrom  report: “Anyone who has walked through the Science Museum of Minnesota can see the legacy of Dick Leerhoff. … Leerhoff, who designed more than 100 exhibits at the museum over three decades, died at age 71 Monday at his home in St. Paul. He had cancer. … ‘He’s important to the whole museum feel,’ said Paul Martin, the museum’s senior vice president. ‘He really had a very simple, wonderful design aesthetic, and he really understood how museum visitors learn.’ ”

Let’s stay positive Minnesota! The Pioneer Press’ Julio Ojeda-Zapata reports: “It’s quite cold now, as if we needed to tell you that. It will get even colder, perhaps not rising above zero, on Sunday. And more snow, maybe a lot more snow, is on the way.”

In other news…

Going to have to rebrand as Lull the Garden to Sleep: “Rock the Garden 2017 headliner revealed: Bon Iver!” [City Pages]

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Just another day in the North: “Video: Ice-coated ship arrives in Duluth” [Duluth News Tribune]

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